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Budget 2019: What you need to know

The Government have opened the books, here's the biggest announcements from Budget 2019. 

Source: 1 NEWS

$1.9 billion into mental health, including a $455 million programme to strengthen frontline services and $40m to suicide prevention

$1.1 billion to child wellbeing to break cycles of poverty and family violence, this includes $265.6m to scrap the need for donations for students from decile 1-7 schools from 2020 and indexing benefits to average wage growth
(estimated benefits to increase from $11 per week from April 2023).

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The Government’s wellbeing budget has been released today. Source: 1 NEWS

$1 billion into KiwiRail

$1.7 billion over two years to for DHBs (this includes $200m for mental health facilities)

$1.2 billion investment in schools over ten years ($287 million in 2019 for new buildings)

Finance Minister Grant Robertson with Budget 2019. Source: 1 NEWS

Budget basics: Priorities and pre-Budget announcements

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Watch the 1 NEWS Budget Special on TVNZ1 from 2pm to 4pm.